With DJ, producer, writer, and event planner on his CV as well as a civil engineer diploma Mr big sky is a man that is in his bag! He started his career as a DJ in 2003 when he was mentored by DJ star who at the time was part of the legendary group BRF formed by the phenomenal DJ Mbuso. Saw as well as this he has played alongside at the best in the games such as DJ Fresh, black coffee, Vinny da Vinci, Oskido, Maphorisa, just to name a few.
Lately his new single fire has taken South Africa and neighbouring countries by storm and we had the chance to sit down with him and talk about his career;
How do you juggle beong a DJ, Producer, Writer and Event planner all at the same time?
Its all interconnected the producer creates the beat then the writer creates the words for that and the dj plays it, then the planner does whatebver so it’s all connected
What was it like being mentored by the legendary DJ star, what did you learn from him?
The beat of a song, he introduced me to this world!
After the split of jazzulu, you went on to get your diploma in chemical engineering, what made you want to resurrect your music career?
Uno the cliche man, the music bug is forever biting. You run away and it chases you so I stopped running and just stuck with it. Through that we’ve made some progresses.
Where has been your favourite place to play and why?
That’s a tricky one, locally I’d say mphumalanga, it always treats us well but you can have a favourite pls es this week abd then next week you rock at a bigger concert and the reception is much bigger but a lot of places have been nice. I’ve had a tour as well in the U.K., I played at a boat cruise in London which was beautiful so I’d say that was my highlight outside south africa.
Polo gives me such oldskool meets new school vibes, what was the inspo behind it?
In SA polo drivers have a very bad stigma; either they’re blamed for road accidents or stealing and stressing women so we decided to do a song that celebrates them. I mean it’s a good car, a lot of peoples first car and it’s a very popular car here in SA. It’s either you’ve driven one, you’ve been bumped by one, you’ve been in one or your woman has been taken by one. Either way there’s a connect ahahah!
Should we expect more music in 2021?
Of course. I dropped my debut album on the 4th of December which is doing pretty well and we’ll be going back into the studio very soon to start working on material for the new year.
What made you want to start planning events?
I started doing my birthday parties about 10 years ago and they had a very good response and I started developing other ideas for events. I had one called “noma yini” which means anything goes which was pretty dope cause every event would have a theme whether that be all white or amapiano something so with me I was like o want an even that’s about partying, so you come in there wearing whatever, even the music was different. We literally had a cocktail event snd I don’t mean cocktail event as in drinking cocktails but it was just a mixture of different cultures and fashion wear and the music was different. A lot of different artists that performed there: from kwaito artists to hip hop artists, to DJs – it has something for everyone and it was beautiful. We’re always trying to push the envelope with these events!
What is your biggest achievement so far in your career?
Definitely my album, definitely fire the song! Those are my biggest highlights career wise. Then it terms of events it has to be touch big sky picnics. A lot of time we look at the losses but I have to say that I’ve had a lot of wins that I can look back on and be proud of.
You’ve played alongside DJ fresh, Oskido, Vinny Da Vinchi, Oskido, Black Coffee etc. who have you learnt the most from?
With those guys you learn professionalism and how to sustain power in the industry cause they’ve been in this game for so many years. So what you learn from them is literally how to take care of business in the music business!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Somewhere on a small Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean looking at big sky all day everyday ahahaha! I just want to grow my company, I’ve got a couple of artists that I’ve signed too so I just want to look at my label beyond big sky. Also trying to grow other artists careers, so for me that’s the long goal.
Listen to his single here;